Upsell! Upsell! Upsell!

Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Ecclesiastes 3:14 – I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. (KJV)

Did you ever go into a gas station or convenience store just to buy a paper? The conversation might go something like this: "Want to buy a lottery ticket to go with that?" "Uhm, no thank you, just the paper please."

"Did you know there are extra air miles if you buy a coke and donut?" "Uh, no, I didn't, but I'll just have the paper, thanks." "Well, how about some chips? Extra points on your card, you know!" "No thanks, still just the paper."

This is increasingly becoming the norm for any type of store. If you buy pants, you're queried as to whether you might like a top and/or some socks to go with them. Should you buy a towel, you need to fend them off from selling you further bathroom accessories.

As annoying as that might be, (for shouldn't you know whether or not you need something?), it is not the fault of the clerks, for they are constantly under pressure to push the merchandise, make more sales, and in some cases, increase their wages by the sales they bring in.

Have you ever said, "Forget it!" and walked away?

Suppose we convert this to our conversations with God, where He would be the customer coming to us with what He needs from us — and we, as the clerks, ask for more and more and more — pushing extra requests at Him, suggesting we know what is needed more than He. Perhaps too, we feel pressured to ask for more than we know we should at one time.

There must surely be times when He's tempted to turn His back and walk away; and, although there are times when we feel like He has, we are assured that He hasn't.

Prayer: Forgive us Father, for the times our prayers seem to overflow with requests for more than we know we need to be given. Grant us the ability to graciously accept that which You bring us. Remind us not to badger You for more and more and more. In Your name we pray. Amen.

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